Report No. GN 97-4 GENERAL ACTION March 5, 1997
Commission Proposes FY 1997 Regulatory Fee Schedule
(MD Docket No. 96-186)
The Commission has begun a proceeding to revise its Schedule of Regulatory
Fees in order to collect the $152,523,000 in regulatory fees that Congress has required it
to collect for Fiscal Year 1997.
The Commission's Regulatory Fees will recover the costs of enforcement, policy
and rulemaking, international and user information activities for FY 1997.
Additionally, the Commission proposes to amend the Schedule in order to assess
regulatory fees upon licensees and/or regulatees of services not previously subject to
payment of a fee, to simplify and streamline the Fee Schedule and to clarify and/or
revise certain payment procedures. The amount that Congress has required the FCC to
collect in FY 1997 is nearly 21% more than the amount Congress designated for
recovery for FY 1996.
In the NPRM, the Commission stated these changes would create a system that
relies on cost-based fees for services, but determined that total revenues to be collected
from a particular service category would not increase more than 25% over the amount
that would have been collected if fees had not been cost-based. The Commission's
proposed schedule would reduce fees for services whose regulatory costs have declined
and adjust fees upward for services that have higher regulatory costs. The Commission
stated that these adjustments would allow for a more accurate assessment of regulatory
fees. In addition, the methodology proposed in the NPRM would ensure that consistent
assessment methods are maintained from year to year.
Action by the Commission February 14 , 1997, by Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (FCC 97-49). Chairman Hundt, Commissioners Quello, Ness, and Chong.
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